ISLAMABAD: Future of President Pervez Musharraf is in question as the new government has started curtailing his powers and undoing his ordinances. According to US-based paper, ‘Watertown Daily Times’ Pakistan’s four-party coalition government is beginning to reverse President Pervez Musharraf’s dictates imposed under emergency rule.
The new government introduced a bill Friday lifting restrictions on the media. The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) had the power to seize a network’s premises, hold equipment, revoke an operating license and fine the operation for violating the industry’s code of conduct to an exorbitant Rs.100 Million. Now the coalition formed after the Feb. 18 parliamentary elections seeks to limit Mr. Musharraf’s authority and improve the faltering economy. It will also review his anti-terrorism policies for which he has enjoyed U.S. backing.
The paper writes that one major change will be to reinstate the Supreme Court that the president purged just before it could rule on the legality of his October re-election. There is a question as to whether President Musharraf will have to step down if ousted Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry returns. He was accused by the president of conspiracy and corruption and put under house arrest. Yet Mr. Musharraf has a way of retaining power. How this will affect Pakistan’s alliance with the United States remains to be seen.-SANA